Sensations of Lyon and Provence

Romance, spectacular historic landmarks & Roman influence, celebrate France’s past & present on this sensory journey through renowned vineyards & world-class restaurants along the Saône & Rhône rivers

8 Days
Nice to Lyon
From (NZD)
$ 4,700
$ 3,650
Dates & Pricing

2020 Nice > Lyon

Savour the pastoral charm and history of Provence with an 8-day Rhône river cruise from Nice to Lyon.
Travelling north, you’ll cut a course through lavender fields and wineries, visiting captivating destinations such as Arles, Avignon, and Chalon-Sur-Saône. After a relaxing evening on-board the Emerald Liberté, Arles is your first stop, and here you can join a guided walking tour of the city’s Romanesque architecture, including a visit to the wonderfully preserved Roman Amphitheatre. The culinary theme continues in Lyon, an ancient city recognised as the world capital of gastronomy. Take a tour of the Basilique Notre Dame de Fourviere church, before visiting a local Bouchon Lyonnais to sample the best in decadent French fare.
Tour Map
Tour Code:
EFRC
Duration:
8 days
Departure City:
Nice
Return City:
Lyon

8 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Arrival Nice - Arles Embarkation

    You will be met at the airport in Nice and transferred to the Emerald Liberte Luxury ship in Arles where you will be welcomed by your Captain and crew. Tonight, enjoy a welcome reception and dinner on board.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Arles

    Join your local guide for a walking tour showcasing the highlights of the city in particular the 2000-year-old Roman Amphitheatre still in use today, which was originally built to hold 20,000 spectators in the style of the Colosseum in Rome.
    EmeraldPLUS: Provençale dinner hosted by local Chef Fabien Morreale
    DiscoverMORE: Excursion to Les Baux de Provence (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Avignon

    Avignon has a rich history from Celtic beginnings to being the residence of the Popes and later central to the French Revolution. Although a fortified town, it is the Papal Palace which stands more secure on a hill in the centre of town; its walls are 17–18 feet thick. Your guided walk with a local guide takes you through this historic centre strolling the cobbled laneways and browsing the shops, overlooking the famous 'Pont d’Avignon'.
    EmeraldACTIVE: Guided active hike in Avignon
    EmeraldACTIVE: Yoga Lesson on Board

    DiscoverMORE: Excursion to Pont du Gard (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Viviers

    Arrive in Viviers, a town which still has a lot of flare. Viviers is also the home of one of France’s oldest cathedrals, join an included city tour exploring all the architectural heritage of this quaint town.
    EmeraldPLUS: Cheese and olive tasting on board

    DiscoverMORE: Tour to Grignan (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Tournon

    Join your local guide for a walking tour of Tournon, which is dominated by the 16th century castle and roman ruins, and is nestled in the valley near the steep slopes of le Massif Central, France's 3rd largest mountain range. The area has a long tradition in wine making, including the renowned wine growing centre of Tain l'Hermitage across the river.
    EmeraldACTIVE: Guided active walk through vineyards
    EmeraldPLUS: Regional wine taste on board
    EmeraldACTIVE: Guided bike tour to Glun

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Lyon

    Lyon is France’s third largest city, a former Roman capital positioned at the conference of the Rhone and Saone rivers, which is steeped in history. Today take part on the guided tour of Lyon, which starts with a drive to the Basilique Notre Dame de Fourvière, Lyon’s hilltop church, with stunning views over the town. Then pass by the recently re–discovered Roman amphitheatre and walk through the cobbled streets of the gastronomic old town including the secret laneways. Alternatively, join a guided bike tour of Lyon.
    EmeraldACTIVE: Guided Bike Tour

    DiscoverMORE: Tour to Perouges (extra expense)

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Chalon-Sur-Saône – Beaune

    Chalon–Sur–Saône is best known as the birthplace of photography and the centre of Burgundy’s wine region. Travel by road to the quaint village of Beaune, where we visit the Hospices de Beaune, one of the finest examples of French fifteenth–century architecture. Marvel at the multi–coloured roofs of this former hospital, now a museum, which has become one of the symbols of Burgundy.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Lyon Disembarkation

    After breakfast disembark your river cruise ship in Lyon and transfer to Airport for your onward or homebound flight.

    Please note: Pre release itinerary subject to change

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour inclusions

YOUR CRUISE INCLUDES
  • 7 nights on board an Emerald Waterways Star-Ship
  • Airport transfers to and from the ship
  • The services of an Emerald Waterways Cruise Director
  • Port taxes and charges
  • All tipping and gratuities

INCLUDED EXCURSIONS
  • Guided tour of Arles
  • Guided Tour in Avignon
  • Walking tour of Viviers
  • Walking tour of Tournon
  • City tour of Lyon
  • Guided Tour of Village of Beaune & Hospice

EmeraldPLUS:
  • Provencal dinner hosted by a local chef Fabien Morreale
  • Cheese and olive tasting on board
  • Regional wine taste on board

EmeraldACTIVE
  • Guided active hike in Avignon
  • Yoga lesson on board in Avignon
  • Guided biking tour to Glun
  • Guided active walk through vineyards
  • Guided bike tour in Lyon

DINING HIGHLIGHTS
  • 20 superb meals including 7 Breakfasts (B), 6 Lunches (L), 7 Dinners (D)
  • Captain's Welcome & Farewell Reception and Dinner
  • Complimentary wine, beer and soft drinks served with lunch and dinner on board

Pricing & Availability